First ever video on Youtube

Youtube marked its 10th anniversary yesterday and it has really come a long way. The go-to destination for anything you want to watch has evolved itself and is not only acting as a video sharing platform, but has now turned into a money making platform for millions of people and companies around the world. But do you know which was the first ever video to be posted on Youtube? Watch it below!

And here is the second one. “My Snowboarding Skillz”

Now that’s funny!

And now watch the most watched video on Youtube. It is the first ever video on Youtube to reach 1 billion views. It broke the Youtube view limit which prompted the site to update its view counter. It has been viewed more than 2,000,000,000 times. Wow!

Uber partners with Zomato

Develop products/partnerships and get the user when there is even a small scope of intent. That is what the biggest firms are trying to run after nowadays. Even Google search has started modifying its search results based on intent rather than just keywords(*Keywords are dead! Correlation is the new king of SEO). Uber has announced that they are partnering with Zomato to “make your dining out experience even better and more seamless than ever before.”

Uber partnership with Zomato

Source: http://blog.uber.com/zomato

Zomato app users can now not only book a ride with Uber to a restaurant, but also check the estimated pickup time, fare and travel from the current location. Though it is not live for all the locations where Uber and Zomato operate, it is still available in 27 cities across 13 countries.

This is a great move by both Zomato and Uber. The user experience should increase manifold because of this feature.

Think of it this way, what do you normally do once you have checked and finalised a place to go to on Friday night? You get ready and then you think about how to reach the restaurant. Now, with Uber integration, you can book your ride within the Zomato app and by the time you’re ready, VOILA! your ride will be waiting for you.

Such partnerships are what create the difference between a good and great companies. And with Zomato’s recent acquisition of Urbanspoon, this can be a big boost for Uber in terms of capturing more market in the US as well.

Olacabs to acquire TaxiForSure for $200 million

What is making news from the Cab services market is the planned acquisition of TaxiForSure by Olacabs . Olacabs , which is supported by Japan’s SoftBank, is on the edge of buying its rival TaxiForSure for an estimated $200 million equivalent to almost INR 1,250 crore. This deal sets up ground for a straight fight with Uber to gain dominance over India’s Cab market. The deal is a mix of stock and cash and official announcement of this deal is expected to be made public in the next few weeks. Economic Times reported that “The term sheet has been signed and in the next 10 days the finer details will be chalked out,”

TaxiForSure has struggled for the last 2 months and have been searching for additional funding to keep its momentum going on with other competitors who are supported by wealthy investors. Taxi aggregators around the world are in talks to constitute an alliance against Uber, linking other Cab service providers including Olacabs, Singapore’s GrabTaxi, and San Francisco based Flywheel. In October 2014, SoftBank provided $ 210 million as funding to Olacabs.

Ola has lost a lot of its customers because of poor customer service. Will they be able to handle more?

TaxiForSure raised a staggering $30 million as funding from Accel and Qualcomm but the Olacabs fundraising conveys a message that the momentum is with them.

Estimated at over $10 billion, India’s Taxi market is majorly unorganised. This deal may mark a change in the Indian Taxi market. “This acquisition marks a significant development in the taxi app business in India,” said Sunil Wattal, who teaches management information systems at Temple University in the United States. “This will be problematic for Uber because it does not have any offline presence and no stated plans of being in that space.”

How is TaxiForSure different from Olacabs?

This deal is seen as productive buy as unlike Uber and Olacabs who directly work with drivers, TaxiForSure works with taxi operators. It will definitely give an upper hand to Olacabs as with this deal, Olacabs will get connected to all the taxi operators who are in TaxiForSure’s team.

Will this be enough for Olacabs to compete with Uber? What are your views? Share with us in the comments section below.

Quotes source: Economic Times

Business Metrics provider Interana raises $20 Million led by Index

Interana, provider of business analytics to see and understand how customers behave and products are used, announced that it has raised a whopping $20 Million in Series B funding. The Menlo Park company is led by founding couple Ann Johnson, a former Intel product, and Bobby Johnson, who among other things led Facebook’s adoption of the Hadoop Big Data platform. By introducing a time-based element into working with Big Data, the Johnsons have developed a way to analyze “events-based data”. This helps to come across trends and patterns in the data and assist in presenting it in a visual way that can be easier to understand.

Index Ventures led the round, with participation from new investors AME Cloud Ventures and individuals Harris Barton (an angel investor and former San Francisco 49ers lineman) and Mike Olson (chief strategy officer at Cloudera). Existing investors also participated in the round, such as Battery Ventures, Data Collective and Fuel Capital. Menlo Park, Calif.-based Interana, which came out of stealth in October, has now raised $28.2 million in total funding. As part of the Series B, Mike Volpi, general partner at Index Ventures, has joined the Interana board.

Interana Secures $20 Million in Series B Funding Led by Index Ventures; Big Data Leader Mike Volpi Joins Board of Directors. Data Analytics Company Expands Reach with New Customers, Making Data a Part of Everyone’s Day

“This is a new form of analytics where streaming data and data at rest are analyzed together, enabling companies to reach the elusive goal of seeing how real-time snapshots fit into historical trends. Traditionally, enterprises have required separate analytic tools and data platforms to put those pieces together,” said Tony Baer, principal analyst at Ovum. “Interana’s event-based analytics solution allows companies to analyze click stream logs, feature usage, and place that in the historical perspective of how they have acted with the customer, which is a whole new way of looking at data.”

In the era of big data, businesses are looking for ways to derive useful insights to make better business decisions. This is where Interana comes in, and it’s one of the reasons we were so interested in investing in the company,” said Volpi. “Interana provides Big Data insights to large numbers of people within an organization by making insights quicker and easier to access than ever before. We are delighted to partner with Ann, Bobby, Lior and the rest of the team, and are excited to help them continue to expand and deliver on their vision.

IDC predicts visual data discovery tools will grow 2.5 times faster than the rest of the BI market; investing in this enabler of end-user self-service will become a requirement for all enterprises by 2018. Interana is well-suited to provide the data discovery tools enterprises will rely on, as the company offers a fundamentally different kind of analytics solution. Its unique technology stores billions of sequences of events (event data) from sources such as clickstreams, call detail records, transactions and sensor data, allowing users to ask questions and see answers in seconds. By directly interacting with data through a fast visual interface, users can perform ad-hoc queries to explore data and discover trends and patterns through features such as time series, distributions and funnels. Interana helps business decision makers and data teams identify new opportunities for growth, customer retention, product conversion and engagement in a fraction of the time it takes today.

It just took three months for Interana to build broad customer adoption across a wide range of industries; customers include companies such as Asana, Orange Silicon Valley and BloomBoard. With growing demand, the company has dozens of proof-of-concepts (POCs) underway with software-as-a-service (SaaS) and online companies.

Quotes source: www.pehub.com

Expedia Inc acquires Tavelocity in a $280 million deal

Expedia has acquired the online travel agency Travelocity from its parent company, Sabre Corp for a whopping $280 million in cash. The companies revealed about this deal in a statement on Friday, as a unification in the online booking industry continues. The deal follows a 2013 marketing agreement in which Expedia Inc’s technology powered platforms for Travelocity’s U.S. and Canadian websites, while Travelocity drove additional web traffic to Expedia.

”Source: http://cdn1.evigo.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/infografika-expedia-1024×463.png

Expedia started off in October 22, 1996 as the first Microsoft internet property. The idea came from going beyond content which was the standard at the time. It is a web -based travel online company having headquarters in Bellevue, Washington. Expedia has also provided localized sites for 30 different countries. It has evolved as a consolidated solution for all your travel queries and Air tickets booking, Hotel bookings, Car rentals, Cruises, Vacation packages, etc.

In June 2014. Expedia started accepting Bitcoins. In September 2014, Expedia partnered with Citigroup and created the Expedia+ card where members can earn bonus points and earn exclusive benefits and priority customer service through the website. In October 2014, Expedia agreed to acquire Australian reservation service Wotif.com for $US610 million.

The Travelocity deal executes further amalgamation in the online booking space, which has witnessed a number of procurements from Expedia’s fierce competitor, Priceline. One of which is its $2.6 billion takeover of restaurant reservation website OpenTable last year. “Given the success that they’ve had with integrating Travelocity into Brand Expedia (through the 2013 agreement), it’s a positive outcome,” said S&P Capital IQ analyst Tuna Amobi.

Travelocity is likely to maintain its unique brand within the umbrella of Expedia, according to Amobi. Sabre’s Chief Executive Officer Tom Klein said the company’s primary focus remains to be the providing of “mission-critical software solutions” to its global travel customers. We have had a long and fruitful partnership with Expedia, most recently by partnering to strengthen the Travelocity business, so our decision to divest Travelocity is a logical next step for us both,” he said in the statement.


Expedia, which owns brands ranging from the website that carries its name to the top hotel booking sites, stated in its October quarterly filing that the sales volume of its air tickets for the first three quarters of 2014 grew by 29 percent, “primarily due to volume driven by Brand Expedia’s agreement with Travelocity along with ongoing improvements for the Brand Expedia sites themselves.”

Expedia’s shares climbed nearly 2 percent Friday, while Sabre’s shares were up more than 1 percent.

Quotes source: cnbc.com

Whatsapp goes Online. Access it now via Web.

Globally favourite and most active mobile social App goes online. Whatsapp users all over the world can now gain access to their Whatsapp application through their browser, on their desktop. The only catch is that it is supported only through the Google Chrome browser and Android as of now. Whatsapp announced on 21 January 2015, that it has finally instigated the option of using its messaging service on your desktop. Its web client is simply an extension of your phone. The web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device — this means all of your messages still live on your phone.
WhatsApp has become competently popular all around the world, and the fact that we have been relying very much on the app as much as much as our daily need, we always despised the fact that it can be only accessed on your phone. It is a technological blessing for everyone who find shuffling between mobile and PC at work is a pain to be able to use WhatsApp.

How to use Whatsapp on desktop/laptop?

To get an access to WhatsApp web client , simply open https://web.whatsapp.com on your Google Chrome browser . A QR code will be displayed and you need scan that QR code inside WhatsApp and you are ready to go. You have now paired WhatsApp on your phone with the WhatsApp web client. Make sure your phone stays connected to the internet for the web client to work.

How to use Whatsapp on desktop

How to find the QR code scanner in Whatsapp

To open the scanner, you need to go to the “menu” on your mobile WhatsApp and select the option of “WhatsApp Web”. To do so, your mobile must have the latest version of WhatsApp messenger.

Got the access to Whatsapp on the web? How has your experience been? Share with us in the comments section below.